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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Manga:
Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure

5 November 2009 – 3 January 2010
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 3

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Join Professor Munakata for an exciting adventure around the British Museum.

Come and see an exclusive new manga by Hoshino Yukinobu at the British Museum. Manga is a Japanese comic book art form which has become an international phenomenon in recent years.

Manga are cheaply produced illustrated books, sometimes as long as a novel and read back to front (i.e. the opposite to the way English is written). Many different audiences read manga, and there are different manga for both children and adults.

Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954) is a world-famous manga artist. One of his most popular characters is Professor Munakata who investigates history and folklore in his manga adventures. In this display, you can see original artwork by Hoshino, including drawings showing the start of Professor Munakata’s new adventure set at the British Museum.

Step into a life-sized manga with Hoshino’s comic-book creations filling the walls and floor of Room 3. You can also browse a selection of Japanese manga books in the small manga kissa (literally ‘manga coffee shop’ – although coffee will not be available) in the corner of the room – a perfect way to discover more about the art of manga.

Further information

Read the full press release

Excerpts from a recent work by Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954) will be on display in Room 94. The artwork on display brings the world of dogu (ancient Japanese ceramic figures) and ancient Japan to life.

Prof. Munakata by Hoshino Yukinobu

Hoshino Yukinobu, Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure, 2009.
The Case Records of Professor Munakata are published in Big Comic.
© Hoshino Yukinobu/Shogakukan Inc